|Arab San Francisco - Shaping San Francisco|
Peoples from the Arab World have been migrating to San Francisco for over a hundred years. The earliest were mostly from the Levant: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine; and also Yemen. Most recent immigrants coming from North Africaâs Magrib region (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) and Iraq since the first Gulf War. Why did they come here? How have they affected SF life? What are their ongoing connections to âhomelandsâ across the world? San Francisco, being a liberal progressive o...
Keywords: Arab; Middle East; immigration; San Francisco; Gay; Lesbian; conservatism
|Public Commons vs. Corporate Privatization - Shaping San Francisco|
With Mayor Newsom trying to give away the cityâs wi-fi space to a corporate consortium, efforts by Bechtel and other private contractors to take over our public water system, the ongoing scandal of PG&E selling us our own âpublicâ power and their current efforts to take over alternative power, incessant pressure to privatize the public schools, a national culture that blindly accepts corporate interests as preferable to public interests, weâll talk about how the San Francisco Bay Area can be...
Keywords: Corporate personhood; democracy; economics; community control; public interest; Green Party
|Little Boxes Malvina Reynolds - Shaping San Francisco|
excerpt from Malvina Reynolds song, composed about the houses lining the slopes of San Bruno Mountain near Daly City and San Francisco.
Keywords: Little boxes; suburbs; housing
|Bay Bridge Sept 11 2013 - Shaping San Francisco|
Chris Carlsson presents a historic look at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, how it has changed over time, going from two-way traffic on the top deck (3 lanes in each direction) with trains and trucks on the lower deck, to today's new span. The history of automobility surrounding the bridge, and the many other schemes to build more bridges and crisscross San Francisco with high-speed freeways shows the context of the Bridge.....
Keywords: Bay Bridge; freeways; Freeway Revolt; Southern Crossing; infrastructure
|Liberation Biology Oct 30 2013 - Shaping San Francisco|
Who are we, and what is our place in the world of the living? The Modern Synthesis of Biology, much of it conceived and incubated in the San Francisco Bay Area, has become a conceptual steel trap dictating much of what we do not only with our ecosystems, but also with our economy, our politics and our very selves. Liberation Biology proposes a critical approach to the deep roots of our understanding of the living...
Keywords: Biology; physics; central dogma; dna; code; gene; debunking
|Ten Years 1: Alejandro Murguia Nicaraguan Consulate - Shaping San Francisco|
From the book "Ten Years that Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78" author Alejandro Murguia reads an excerpt describing the weekly occupations of the Nicaraguan consulate in the Flood Building in the late 1970s.
Keywords: Nicaragua; Sandinistas; consulate; Flood Building
|Red Army Faction history - Shaping San Francisco|
Co-editor J. Smith of the three-volume documentary history of the emblematic urban guerrillas will be in town to discuss his work, the life, times and enduring relevance of the RAF."A fascinating history of the German revolutionary left in the 1970s and 1980s. It powerfully situates the RAF within a broader orbit of revolutionary politics and world events. It gives us the inside story of how militants did and might engage with police, prisons, informants, media and one another in the context of ...
Keywords: RAF; Red Army Faction; Revolutionary Cells; Carlos; PFLP; terrorism; 1970s; Germany; 1980s; Red Brigades; autonomism; anti-nuclear movement
|Laughing Sal - Shaping San Francisco|
The eerie, unforgettable sound of Laughing Sal, fixture at Playland for decades, now at the Musee Mecanique.
Keywords: Laughing Sal; doll; Playland
|Bristol Radical History Group - Shaping San Francisco|
Roger Wilson of the Bristol Radical History group gives a wide-ranging Talk covering 17th and 18th century history around Bristol, England, including a debunking of the common narrative of the anti-slavery movement, putting the working people of England back into the saga. He also gives a fresh look of the mass riots of 1831, and brings the interventions of the Bristol Radical History Group in our era into the unfolding of "history from below." If you want to find out what unites a 17th Century ...
Keywords: History from below; riots; England; Britain; anti-slavery
|Indigenous Prehistory - Shaping San Francisco|
Imagine a time when the land that we know as the Franciscan Peninsula extended out to the Farallones and mastodons and tigers roamed freely. Imagine small seasonal villages along waterways engaged in trading across the bay, and tule canoes making the journey. Park Historian Breck Parkman will share his extensive research into the prehistory of the Bay Area, and Malcolm Margolin (Heyday Books, The Ohlone Way) joins in with his years of exploring the indigenous history of the region. Mary Je...
Keywords: indigenous; ohlone; Bay Area; pre-urban; pre-Spanish; prehistory
|Ten Years That Shook The City: San Francisco 1968-78 - Shaping San Francisco|
Chris Carlsson and LisaRuth Elliott will give a wide survey of the politics of 1968-78 by going through the forthcoming book "Ten Years That Shook the City: 1968-78," covering everything from Los Siete de la Raza to the housing and redevelopment politics of the era, the San Francisco State Strike to the lesser known strikes among rank-and-file activists in the local labor movement. Posters, lost murals, unknown ecological treasures, the Farm, and much more! The book won't be out until 2011 so th...
Keywords: 1960s; 1970s; San Francisco; politics; Third Worldism; SF State Strike; Los Siete de la Raza; Black Panthers; San Bruno Mountain; People's Food System; I-Hotel; Filipinos; Women's Liberation; Gay Liberation; GI Resistance; Communes; Ohlone; Native Americans; AIM; International Indian Treaty Council
|Upton Sinclair/End Poverty in California - Shaping San Francisco|
Lauren Coodley’s new biography of Sinclair dubs him a “California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual”. She sheds light on his remarkable life as the writer who exposed the meatpacking industry in The Jungle, the depradations of the oil industry, the wrongful prosecutions of Sacco and Vanzetti as well as the Wobblies, but Coodley reveals a previously under-appreciated side of Sinclair: his feminism. Jay Martin joins the discussion to focus on Sinclair’s momentous 1934 California guberna...
Keywords: Upton Sinclair; feminism; EPIC; End Poverty in California; 1934 Governor's race; California politics; suffrage; temperance; prohibition
|Science Fiction and the Struggle for Justice - Shaping San Francisco|
From H.G. Wells to Octavia Butler, from New Wave to Cyberpunk to the Slipstream of today, SF has been a tool to agitate, organize speculate and explore utopian alternatives. Join a panel of working SF pros in a lively discussion of the perils and possibilities-- JOHN SHIRLEY Bram Stoker award winner, cyberpunk pioneer, author of Bleak History , Black Glass ... LISA GOLDSTEIN, American Book Award winner, charter member of SF's"Shameless Hussies," author of The Red Magician, The Divided Crown .....
Keywords: science fiction; writing; fantasy; utopia; dystopia; publishing; cyberpunk; space opera; e-books
|Vivian Chang on EJN and APEN - Shaping San Francisco|
Vivian Chang narrates how the Asian Pacific Environmental Network was founded after activists attended the first Environmental Justice conference in the early 1990s.
Keywords: APEN; Asian Pacific Environmental Network; environmental justice
|2 Ten Years--Night of Purple Hand - Shaping San Francisco|
Excerpted from a longer essay in "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78" this tells about a Gay Liberation Front protest in front of the Examiner building in 1969.
Keywords: Gay; gay liberation; Gay Liberation Front; Society for Individual Rights; San Francisco Examiner; homophobia; press
|Pamela Chang APEN - Shaping San Francisco|
Pamela Chang discusses Laotian community and APEN organizing.
Keywords: APEN; Asian Pacific Environmental Network; environmental justice; Laotian community; Richmond
|Chinese Whispers - Shaping San Francisco|
An evening of stories and discussion about the impact of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act (which wasn’t rescinded until 1943!) on the Chinese American community in San Francisco. This infamous legacy was both subtly woven into community cultural life, and overtly demarcated social and geographical boundaries. Chinese Whispers, a research and storytelling project about the Chinese who helped build the American West, will present excerpted stories from the Bay Area which reveal the deep impact of ...
Keywords: Chinese; Chinatown; Exclusion Act; racism; community; borders; identity; language
|A Bicycle Built for Two - Shaping San Francisco|
Traditional tune of the late 19th century that accompanied the bicycling boom of that era.
Keywords: Bicycle; 19th century; traditional
|South Park - Gretchen Hildebrand|
Gretchen Hildebrand reminisces about her experiences in and around South Park during the dotcom bubble and beyond.
Keywords: South Park; SOMA; San Francisco; 1990s; dotcom
|Stop 6 16th and Hoff - Shaping San Francisco|
Bending Over Backwards Audio Tour: Stop 6, The Gartland Pit
Keywords: arson; fire; gentrification; 1970s; Misson; Valencia; Gartland Pit
|Jack Kerouac - Shaping San Francisco|
small clip of Kerouac describing San Francisco.
Keywords: Kerouac; beats; San Francisco
|Save the News - Shaping San Francisco|
Newsrooms are hamstrung by the business practices of Wall Street and Big Media, even as newspaper circulation declines and TV news continues the race to the bottom. Both the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News recently laid off large portions of their newsroom staff. The Internet is vulnerable to the same marketplace compromises. Explore alternative business models to ensure journalism remains a lively piece of our civic life...
Keywords: media; journalism; newspapers; radio; newsrooms; resources; Wall Street; corporatization
|(The Thrill of Finding) Money: A Staged Reading - Shaping San Francisco|
"Money: A Comedy with Music" is a satiric portrayal of an economically troubled society in which an American banker tries to explain how money works. The new play written in 2010 in San Francisco moves from Brazil to New York, from scenes of wealth to scenes of bankruptcy, accompanied by cabaret songs, chicanery and financial chaos. Developed this year, but indebted to the Living Newspapers of the Federal Theatre Project from the 1930s, "Money" incorporates puppetry, film clips, news headlines, ...
Keywords: 1937; money; economics; comedy; musical; Federal Theater Project; WPA; Depression; derivatives
|History of the Mission's Carnaval - Shaping San Francisco|
Willy LizÃ¡rraga gives an incredible one-man performance of the history of San Francisco's Carnaval. Fast-changing hats and voices, accompanied by a slide show of historic images from Lou Dematteis and others of those early days.
Keywords: Carnaval; Mission Distrct; 1979; festival; public space
|The Politics of 'Third Space' in Global Videos and Installations - Shaping San Francisco|
A Shaping San Francisco Talk held on Wed. Oct. 14, 2009 at CounterPULSE in San Francisco. Co-Sponsored by Global Commons Foundation Michelle Dizon, Filipino-American artist from LA, screens her installation video comparing the 2005 riots in France and the 1992 riots in LA, illuminating political issues of marginal citizenships, migration and exile, media and the erasure of memories of historical violence...
Keywords: video; realism; representation; memory; history; post-colonialism; migration; citizenship; 1992 Los Angeles riots; 2005 Paris riots
|Anti-Systemic Knowledge: Learning from the Global South - Shaping San Francisco|
A talk on the coloniality of power and knowledge, transmodernity, border knowledge, indigenous socialism and the socialization of power, solidarity economies, and other contemporary practices, theories and radical political alternatives emerging from the Global South. The panelists will discuss autonomous self-activity in Venezuela, Amazonian social forums, poly-culturality, global indigenous movements, the conditions and politics of knowledge production during the early colonization of the Amer...
Keywords: Indigenous movements; theory; exteriority; mestizo; anti-colonialism; socialism; modernism
|Precarious Dead-End Job? The Cooperative Alternative - Shaping San Francisco|
Members of Bay Area worker cooperatives will share their thoughts on the history and practice of democratic organization, decision making, equitable employment, and the effects that these organizations have had on the local economy (Rainbow, Inkworks, Box Dog Bikes, Design Action, NoBAWC).
Keywords: Cooperatives; collectives; self-management; self-employment; democracy; economic democracy
|Russell Howze/Stencil Nation Art & Politics - Shaping San Francisco|
With dynamically illustrated perspectives across the art form, hundreds of photographs and numerous essays have been curated by StencilArchive.orgâs founder, Russell Howze. Stencil Nation builds upon published works to give the most extensive and up-to-date history of stencil art, as well as how-to tips from the artists. Recorded April 15, 2009 at CounterPULSE, part of Shaping San Francisco's ongoing Art & Politics Talks series.
Keywords: art; politics; stencils; graffiti; murals; urban art; street art
|Processed World radio magazine excerpt - "Pinhead Schuler" (Terry Hawkins, Janice Leiber, Chris Carlsson)|
1:12 Twist of Fate by Jonathan Leake, voice D.S. Black :27 To NASA with Love by Linda Thomas, voice Janice 1:29 Opinions by Adam Cornford, voice Adam :35 Missing Work by William Talcott, voice Terry 1:20 Why I Can't Work by Bridget Reilly, voice Michelle
Keywords: work; wage-slavery; typing; offices; satire; humor
|Saltworks And Shorelines - Shaping San Francisco|
Cris Benton has used kite photography to document the surprisingly beautiful “saltscapes” of the South Bay, while Matthew Booker’s Down By the Bay is one of the best recent histories of the long, complicated, and contradictory relationship of urbanizing humans and the amazing inland estuary we enjoy as the Bay.
Keywords: Bay; San Francisco Bay; Bay Area; shorelines; salt ponds; reclamation; marshes; wetlands; salt industry; chemical industry; restoration; suburbia; sea walls; levees
|Ten Years 6: Pam Peirce and Peoples Food System - Shaping San Francisco|
Pam Peirce, author of "A Personal History of the People's Food System" in 'Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78' reads an excerpt from her essay.
Keywords: People's Food System; food; 1970s
|Reclaiming Bay Area Military Bases - Shaping San Francisco Talks|
From the "Nature in the City" series of Shaping San Francisco Talks at CounterPULSE, this one features speakers on cleaning up after the military, restoring the former military bases around the San Francisco Bay. Chris Carlsson, host, Peter Brastow of Nature in the City, and Ruth Gravanis, coordinator of the Treasure Island wetlands project, Arthur Feinstein chair of the SF Bay Joint Venture.
Keywords: San Francisco, Treasure Island, Alameda Wildlife Preserve, birds, wetlands
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|Queer Agenda, Work, and Gentrification - Shaping San Francisco|
Join queer organizers from Pride at Work/HAVOQ and other community organizations to discuss gentrification, how the economy affects queer workers, and redefining the gay agenda. This recording was primarily of the Queer Agenda discussion, but also has the report-backs from the other groups at theend of the night. Reexamine what is seen as a queer issue in San Francisco, as we dig into our ongoing struggles for justice around issues that daily affect our lives and those in our communities...
Keywords: Queer; agenda; workers' rights; gentrification; class; rich and poor; unions; labor; human rights; gay marriage; don't ask don't tell; gays in military
|4 Ten Years--From Occupied Ohlone Territory - Shaping San Francisco|
Excerpted from Mary Jean Robertson's essay "Reflections from Occupied Ohlone Territory" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Keywords: Ohlone; American Indian Center; Alcatraz; Indian rights
|Policing San Francisco: 1930s-1960s - Shaping San Francisco|
Hank Chapot will present his work on the 1937 Atherton Report: "In 1935 San Franciscans were shocked, shocked, to hear reports of ordinary police officers with extraordinary wealth. Mayor Angelo Rossi and the Board of Supervisors put up $75,000 dollars to fund an independent investigation of the SFPD and it's crooked cops, hiring the private investigation firm Atherton & Dunn. The investigation and grand jury testimony pointed directly at bail bondsman Pete McDonough, San Francisco's greatest bo...
Keywords: crime; police; San Francisco; 1930s; Dolly Fine; SFPD; Joe Alioto; Police Officers' Association
|13 Ten Years: Mission Coalition Organization - Shaping San Francisco|
Excerpted from Tomas Sandoval's essay "All Those Who Care About the Mission, Stand Up With Me!" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation. This excerpt is read by Adriana Camarena.
Keywords: Mission; MCO; Mission Coalition Organization; latino; latinidad; Hispanic
|Radical Futures of the Book - Shaping San Francisco|
One of the two major bookstore chains in the US is on the verge of collapse, even as authors are being abandoned by publishers to go "indie" via Kindle and iPad. The ebook (r)evolution is here, but its course is not yet chartedâwill the dinosaurs of New York's publishing industry go extinct, and what new species of publication and publisher will emerge? And will writers be able to make a living...not that most of them are doing that even now! Join science fiction writers Terry Bisson, Nick Mama...
Keywords: E-book; pdf; Kindle; Amazon; publishing; books; self-publishing; New York publishing; agents
|Remembering Los Siete Dec 4 2013 - Shaping San Francisco|
The seven young men who became iconic heroes of San Francisco's left and Latino political ferment in the 1970s were eventually acquitted of murder. While the campaign to defend them led to an explosion of social organizing, we know little about how these men's lives developed in the years that followed, losing track of real people in the mists of political legitimacy and hero-worship.Vero Majano takes a look at what happened to Los Siete in the decades since the famous trial, and gives us a cha...
Keywords: Los Siete; La Raza; Latino; San Francisco; Mission; 1970s; New Left; brown power; daily life; Irish; Italians; gentrification
|Infrastructure_Wars - Shaping San Francisco Talks|
A 3-part radio program based on a Public Talk at CounterPULSE on March 8, 2006, under the Shaping San Francisco Spring Talks series. A historical look at how San Franciscans have fought for a human-centered city. From saving Telegraph Hill, stopping freeways, and resisting redevelopment, the corporate agenda has been thwarted again and again. Today new movements are again contesting the direction of the city...
Keywords: anti-highrise; freeway revolt; citizens movements; saving Telegraph Hill; redevelopment
|Learnin' + Teachin' -- The Future of Education: Part 3 - Shaping San Francisco Talks|
Part 3 of the Future of Education talk, featuring audience-led dialogue with Will Grant, Lisa Schiff, Ken Tray, and Karen Allen.
Keywords: San Francisco, public schools, literacy, adult education, parents, homeschooling, religion, textbooks, social interaction
|40th Anniversary: San Francisco State Strike 1968-69 - Shaping San Francisco|
The student/faculty strike at S.F. State College in 1968-69 was a seminal event, ushering in ethnic studies in higher education, contributing energy and activists to dozens of San Francisco political movements and much more. Learn about it from original participants: Roger Alvarado, Margaret Leahy, John Levin.
Keywords: Student strike; faculty strike; police violence; Ronald Reagan; S.I. Hayakawa; Black Student Union; Third World Alliance; ethnic studies
|Hearing the City: Evolution of Radio - Shaping San Francisco|
From AM radio (the first mass media) before WWII and how it shaped San Francisco, Auto Row AM-radio to the 1960s underground FM radio to the present era of podcasting, we will trace the paths of media, technology, audience and producers. Joe Lerer (KFRC and KSAN), Monkey (PirateCat Radio), George Epileptic (KUSF) and Chris Carlsson (Shaping San Francisco. Recorded January 14, 2009 at CounterPULSE, part of the Shaping San Francisco Talks series).
Keywords: radio; AM; FM; web; broadcast; community; media; underground
|The Trouble with Voting - Shaping San Francisco|
Does voting matter? Do you urge everyone around you to vote? What kinds of power do we gain or lose by participating in elections? What else can we do? Weâll hear from folks who believe in representative democracy, those who propose reforms, and those who reject it outright. Michael Med-o Whitson, Natasha Marsh (Calif League of Young Voters), James Rucker (colorofchange.org). Recorded Oct. 10, 2007 at CounterPULSE, part of the Shaping SF Talks series.
Keywords: voting; elections; representative democracy; direct democracy; reforms
|The Health Epidemic: Therapy Society and Eroding Public Health - Shaping San Francisco Talks|
In the relatively wealthy Bay Area, state-of-the-art hi-tech medicine sits side by side with an ever-growing phalanx of alternative treatments and philosophies. Meanwhile a growing proportion of the population is denied access to any kind of health care. What should be the response of medical professionals, alternative practitioners and community organizers? What role, if any, do we want the state and business to have in health care provision? Let's pause and rethink some basic assumptions toget...
Keywords: San Francisco, health, sickness, therapy, medical care, single-payer, CNA, insurance
|The Lions of 14th Street - Sarolta J. Cump|
Sarolta Jane C. gives an audio memory of Woodward's Gardens, one of San Francisco most storied amusement parks in the 19th century. Situated between Guerrero and Valencia, 14th and 15th, it featured a small zoo, beer garden, and much more. Originally on "Long Ago and Right Now" an Audiozine about San Francisco, produced by Sara Jaffe and Melissa Klein in Spring 2004.
Keywords: Woodward's Gardens; 19th century San Francisco; amusement parks; zoo; beer gardens
|Stop 5 16th and Capp - Shaping San Francisco|
Bending Over Backwards Audio Tour: Stop 5: The Redstone Building, former Labor Temple.
Keywords: labor; Labor Temple; Redstone Building; Painters Union; Dow Wilson; CAMP; murals
|10 Ten Years--Gerson on Valencia - Shaping San Francisco|
Excerpted from Deborah Gerson's essay "Making Sexism Visible: Private Troubles Made Public" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Keywords: Women; Women's Liberation; 1970s; Valencia
|Golf Courses, Parks, Natural Areas - Shaping San Francisco|
Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica (owned by the city of San Francisco) has become a point of sharp controversy, pitting golfers against endangered species. Meanwhile the city's budget is strained by the impossibility of maintaining a failing, moribund golf course while recreational needs go unmet, and threats of endangered species and habitat lawsuits further jeopardize the city's strained resources...
Keywords: Biodiversity; Nature in the City; golf courses; natural areas; parks; wild equity
|Denis Kearny - Shaping San Francisco|
Dramatized rendition of speech by Denis Kearny in 1877, denouncing Chinese workers and capitalists in equal parts. Recorded by Haight Ashbury Community Radio Project, 1980.
Keywords: Denis Kearny; Workingmen's Party; 1877; riots; racism
|15 Ten Years--Los Siete, Black Panthers, Third Worldism in SF - Shaping San Francisco|
Excerpted from Jason Ferreira's essay "'With the Soul of a Human Rainbow' : Los Siete, Black Panthers, and Third Worldism in San Francisco" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation.
Keywords: Los Siete; Mission politics; San Francisco police; racism; repression; Third Worldism